Today, the New York Mets announced that Frank Viola will undergo open heart surgery. He will miss the start of 2014 season.
Viola, 53, was slated to be the AAA Las Vegas 51s Pitching Coach. Viola has served as the Brooklyn Cyclones Pitching Coach during the 2011 season.
The entire staff of Brooklyn Baseball Banter wishes “Frankie V” a speedy recovery.
Tom Signore will serve as the interim pitching coach. No word if he will be in Brooklyn for the start of the season.
With Luis Natera being promoted to Mets field staff, the AA Binghamton Mets announced today that Luis Rivera will serve as hitting coach. Luis Rivera played 69 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2006. The shortstop was named to the 2006 NYPL All Star team. He reached as high as AAA Buffalo in 2009 before retiring in 2010 to become a coach in the Mets Organization. Rivera had previously served as hitting coach for the Kingsport Mets in 2011.
NOTE: Two guys named Luis Rivera played for the Brooklyn Cyclones and were All Stars. One was a SS in 2006 who wore #5. The other was an outfielder who wore #23. The article references Luis Rivera from the 2006 Cyclones.